World Colored Heavyweight Championship
The World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a title awarded to black boxers in the late 1800s and early twentieth century. It was created because white boxers drew the color line and refused to defend the World Heavyweight Championship against black boxers. The colored title was not sanctioned by a governing body, and sometimes there was more than one claimant to the title.
In 1908, Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns to became the first black boxer to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Because Johnson refused to defend against any of the leading black boxers, claiming the fights wouldn't draw crowds, the colored title continued to exist. Every champion after Johnson continued to draw the color line until Jim Braddock defended the title against Joe Louis in 1937. After Louis won the World Heavyweight Championship, the colored title ceased to exist.
|3||Charles Hadley||January 14, 1881||Morris Grant||W 3|
|4||George Godfrey||February 23, 1883||Charles Hadley||KO 6|
|5||Peter Jackson||August 24, 1888||George Godfrey||TKO 19|
|6||Bob Armstrong 1||December 21, 1896||Charley Strong||KO 19|
|7||Frank Childs||January 29, 1898||Bob Armstrong||KO 2|
|8||George Byers||September 14, 1898||Frank Childs||W 20|
|9||Frank Childs||March 16, 1901||George Byers||KO 17|
|10||Denver Ed Martin||February 24, 1902||Frank Childs||W 6|
|11||Jack Johnson||February 5, 1903||Denver Ed Martin||W 20|
|12||Sam McVea 2||February 20, 1909||Joe Jeannette||W 20|
|13||Joe Jeannette||April 17, 1909||Sam McVea||RTD 49|
|14||Sam Langford 3||September 6, 1910||Joe Jeannette||W 15|
|15||Sam McVea||December 26, 1911||Sam Langford||W 20|
|16||Sam Langford||April 8, 1912||Sam McVea||W 20|
|17||Harry Wills 4||May 1, 1914||Sam Langford||ND 10|
|18||Sam Langford||November 26, 1914||Harry Wills||KO 14|
|19||Joe Jeannette||April 13, 1915||Sam Langford||W 12|
|20||Sam McVea||June 29, 1915||Sam Langford||W 12|
|21||Harry Wills||September 7, 1915||Sam McVea||W 12|
|22||Harry Wills||January 3, 1916||Sam Langford||W 20|
|23||Sam Langford||February 11, 1916||Harry Wills||KO 19|
|24||Sam Langford 5||May 12, 1916||Joe Jeannette||KO 7|
|25||Bill Tate||January 25, 1917||Sam Langford||W 12|
|26||Sam Langford||May 1, 1917||Bill Tate||KO 5|
|27||Harry Wills||April 14, 1918||Sam Langford||KO 6|
|28||Bill Tate 6||January 2, 1922||Harry Wills||DQ 1|
|29||George Godfrey 7||November 8, 1926||Larry Gains||TKO 6|
|30||Larry Gains||August 15, 1928||George Godfrey||DQ 3|
|31||George Godfrey 8||August 24, 1931||Seal Harris||KO 2|
|32||Obie Walker||October 9, 1933||George Godfrey||W 10|
|33||Larry Gains||July 20, 1935||Obie Walker||W 15|
1 After Peter Jackson relinquished the title, Bob Armstrong defeated Charley Strong and claimed the vacant title.
2 Jack Johnson relinquished the title after he defeated Tommy Burns to win the world heavyweight title. Sam McVea defeated Joe Jeannette and claimed the vacant colored title.
3 Sam Langford defended his claim to the title against Joe Jeannette. In 1909, after Jack Johnson refused to give him a title shot, Langford claimed the colored title.
4 The winner of the fight was disputed, with both Sam Langford and Harry Wills claiming victory and the title.
5 Sam Langford defeated Joe Jeannette for the undisputed world colored heavyweight championship
6 Bill Tate and Harry Wills fought to a ten-round draw four days later, both claiming the title.
7 The title was declared vacant after Harry Wills lost to Jack Sharkey. George Godfrey defeated Larry Gains and claimed the vacant title.
8 After Larry Gains relinquished the title, George Godfrey defeated Seal Harris and claimed the vacant title.
The Freeman - The Recent Langford-Wills Bout
Wikipedia - World Colored Heavyweight Championship
East Side Boxing - Lineage of the coloured heavyweight title